About our Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (DAIP)
What is a DAIP?
Curtin is a public authority affected by Part 5 of the Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993 (as amended 2004) (the ‘Act’), which requires us to develop and implement a DAIP to further the principles and objectives of the Act. The principles of the Act (see Appendix A) apply to how people with a disability have the right to be respected and treated with dignity, and have the same human rights as other community members – regardless of the degree and nature of their disability.
What is our DAIP about?
We are committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive access for people with a disability to our facilities, services, events and academic programs on all our Western Australian campuses. Our DAIP informs our students, staff and the public about the areas of access and inclusion of all our WA locations that can be improved, and our strategies to address them.
These strategies, which are defined in the Act as the minimum standard for DAIPs and are informed by the principles of the Act, work towards a number of access and inclusion outcomes which underpin our commitment to our students, staff and visitors with a disability. These outcomes provided by the Disability Services Commission (DSC) form the basis of our plan:
- People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and events organised by, Curtin.
- People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access Curtin’s buildings and facilities.
- People with disabilities receive information from Curtin in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to access it.
- People with disabilities receive the same level and quality of service from Curtin staff as other people receive from Curtin staff.
- People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to Curtin.
- People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation by Curtin.
Five years ago, Curtin voluntarily added another outcome – and it continues in this plan:
- People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to participate in employment at Curtin.
Curtin is actively promoting and embedding the principles of ‘universal design’ – a universalist approach to design and processes – in its strategies to achieve these outcomes.
Strategic alignment of the DAIP
Curtin’s commitment to equity and quality programs is a core element in our strategic planning. This DAIP supports the vision, mission and values outlined in Curtin’s Strategic Plan 2009–2013, namely to:
- build on our strengths and improve the quality and impact of both teaching and research
- enhance the student experience
- engage with our community
- develop an organisational culture that engages our staff
- secure our financial position.
Curtin’s strategic plan ensures our students; staff and visitors have equitable access to our programs, services and facilities. The DAIP also supports Curtin’s Teaching and Learning Enabling Plan 2009–2013.
Furthermore, this DAIP aligns with Curtin’s policies that support diversity, ethics and social justice, guiding ethical principles, and procedures for the elimination of discrimination and harassment.
Scope of our DAIP
Our DAIP is determined by state legislation and applies to our WA campuses. It is also lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission to demonstrate our compliance with the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and its standards .
This ensures that our access inclusion strategies apply to all our onshore Australian campuses, and provides the benchmark for access and inclusion standards at our offshore campuses, where a particular country’s disability legislation may apply.
Responsibility for implementing our DAIP
Curtin’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Implementation Committee (DAIPIC), has the responsibility to oversee the implementation of the DAIP and to report ultimately to Academic Board. This committee uses a working party model and meets two times a year. Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, the membership (see full list of members at Appendix C) comprises executive and senior management staff whose organisational responsibilities naturally align with end-line responsibilities identified in the DAIP implementation plan. Some members are chairpersons of the DAIPIC working parties and are supported in this role by Curtin’s DAIP Implementation Manager.
The role and modus operandi of the DAIPIC is being reviewed to determine the best approach to the rollout of our new DAIP.
Agents and contractors
The Act directs that Curtin’s DAIP is also implemented by our agents and contractors, with the expectation they provide their service in a way that is in keeping with Curtin’s access and inclusion practices. We are required to inform our agents and contractors about our DAIP, and request they report their aligned practices to us on an annual basis. This will be implemented through a dedicated section on the Curtin Unilife website and through professional development for Curtin’s contract managers.
All Curtin staff, however, are equally responsible for the implementation of our DAIP through the strategy of embedding inclusive practices throughout normal business, both academic and general.
Ultimately, the Vice-Chancellor has final responsibility to ensure the DAIP is implemented.